Genre Mysteries/Women Sleuths
Benedict Archer, who is manager of Thornton Antiques in Melbourne and who has been secretly helping Alexandra learn more about her family business, is also invited. Alexandra asks Benedict and Edith Blackburn, her friend since childhood, to be with her when she approaches her father.
It was as if the room had wrapped its shadowy folds about her and shut out the world. As a child, she may have been afraid but now, she felt comforted, as if the room welcomed her. It was also the smell … that wonderful bouquet of aged paper, ancient artifacts and dust.
It called to something in her blood, perhaps the same call that had taken the first Thomas Thornton to Hong Kong, the same surge of excitement and wonder that ran through the veins of her grandfather and father.
It was the reverence of something…